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Salary: $2,864.00 – $3,701.00 Monthly
Job Number: 2020-05543
Closing: 8/16/2020 11:59 PM Pacific

Scientific Technician 2’s

Are you a problem solver that enjoys a challenge? Do you want to make a difference by making a positive impact on the environment? If so, then join a great team that shares your interests!

We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, the ability to juggle several high-priority scopes of work, and who want the opportunity to independently problem-solve.

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We are seeking three (3) highly motivated and experienced Scientific Technicians to work alongside a diverse team promoting the conservation of Washington State’s salmonid population.  This opportunity is located in Thurston County.

Our ideal applicants will have a positive can-do attitude as they collect/sample data.  In addition, the candidate will share our values of trust, respect, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and is eager to work hard and have fun in an environment where there’s never a dull moment.

There are three (3) 3.5 to 4-months non-permanent Scientific Technician 2’s positions available in Region 6.  The duty station for these positions is located at 3939 Cleveland AVe., SE, Tumwater, WA.  See anticipated start dates below.
4 months – September 16, 2020 – January 11, 2021
3.5 months – October 1, 2020 – January 15, 2021
3.5 months – October 16, 2020 – February 1, 2021
These positions will be responsible for conducting stream surveys, collect hatchery and wild chinook, coho, chum, pink, sockeye, steelhead & lamprey spawning survey data (redd accounting and carcass sampling, in stream sampling) in South Puget Sound watersheds and in Hood Canal.  These data sets help determine hatchery vs wild salmonid escapement estimates, run reconstruction, and forecasts used in fisheries management for both non-tribal sport and tribal commercial gillnet fisheries.  Stream survey collection includes live/dead counts.

DutiesEnumerate and monitor hatchery and wild salmon/steelhead redds plus live/dead fish counts with “index” reaches surveyed 7-14 days.
Tasks include:
Fish identification
New redds are numbered with flagging
Record data onto field cards
Check data for error conditions and summarized.
Surveys conducted on foot, raft, pontoon boat, and/or jet sled during all weather conditions and difficult terrain.
Biological data (scales, fin marks, coded wire tag, otoliths, DNA) collected on dead fish.  Survey included enumerating Pacific and Brook lamprey visible redds and live/dead counts

Driving to and from surveyed reaches on both highway and off-road conditions
Tasks include:
Includes gaining access onto private properties, map reading, GPS coordinates, radio operations, vehicle maintenance and repairs.

Enumerate and monitor salmon/steelhead redds plus live/dead fish counts with “Supplemental” type surveys during peak spawning.  Visible redd and fish counts are recorded on field cards
Tasks include:
Data is error checked and summarized.  Surveys conducted by foot, raft, drift boat, and or jet sled. Timing of surveys based upon “Index” type vis/cum. relationships. Biological data (scales, fin marks, coded wire tag) collected on dead fish.

Survey schedule planning.
Tasks include:
Tracking weather and stream flows, data organization and error checking.

Misc. duties.
Tasks include:
Including gear/equipment/vehicle maintenance and repairs, sampling lowland trout lakes, documenting habitat alterations within surveyed areas.   Hatchery sampling, mainly Chinook, lengths, scales, check for CWT.
Working conditions

Work hours are generally 40 hours per week. Workdays and hours are determined by weather, stream flows and visibility, and degree of spawning activity.  A flexible hourly and daily work schedule is therefore needed to perform the assigned tasks. Weekends and holidays are included as potential workdays.
Need to have good positive communication skills. Good public relation skills a plus.  Must work well independently in both office and field environments.   Maintains accurate field notes. Follow instructions and established protocols and procedures to conduct salmonid /lamprey redd counts.  Must be able to work well in teams of at least 2 survey staff… Must work well independently in both office and field environments.  The ability to be able to swim is highly recommended.

Working environment – Usually surveys alone or at times with other technicians or biologists in a wide variety of terrain and stream substrate conditions. Fieldwork is often done in inclement weather within varying stream flow and visibility conditions. Field work can be strenuous while walking in or along streams with slick boulders, crawling over logjams, wading across riffles with moderate – fast current or maneuvering watercraft listed above. Should be able to lift and maneuver equipment upwards to or greater than 40 pounds.  Operate a raft, drift boat, pontoon boats, or jet-pump equipped sled in a wide range of stream flows, stream viewing conditions, and obstacles. General raingear, waders, wading shoes raincoat, WDFW hat.   You must have a valid unrestricted driver’s license.

NOTE: Staff will be required to follow all WDFW policies and procedures required for employment with WDFW. Staff will be required to follow Standard Operating Procedures associated with COVID-19 precautions including the requirement to wear face coverings during office, lab, warehouse and field activities.

This position is in the bargaining unit represented by the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals and is subject to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals. (WAFWP)

QualificationsGraduation from high school or GED, including one year of high school science and two years of experience as a Scientific Technician 1
Graduation from high school or GED including one year of high school science and two years of laboratory of field experience as an assistant to a biologist, chemist or zoologist.

NOTE: College course work involving major study in biology, zoology, fisheries, chemistry, natural sciences, or closely allied field will substitute, year for year, for experience, provided the course work includes at least six semester or nine quarter hours of natural science classes.

Preferred Qualifications
Elementary biology
In-the-field identification of live and dead salmonids
Identifies, interpret, and monitor salmonid/lamprey spawning activity by species.
Basic safe operation of rafts and boats in moving waters a definite plus.
Ability to clearly and concisely fill out field data forms.
Basic computer data entry skills.
The ability to follow oral and written instructions
Strong communication skills and the ability to interact with the general public are necessary.
A safe and defensive driver while operating State vehicles.
Supplemental InformationTo apply for this position you MUST complete your profile at and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

A current resume (please make it succinct)
Three professional references (personal references do not count as professional)

Please note that initial screening will be solely based on the completeness of application materials submitted and the contents and completeness of the “work experience” section of your application in NeoGov.   A resume will not substitute for the “work experience” section of the application. The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the supplemental questions. Responses not supported in your application may disqualify you from consideration for employment in this position. All information will be verified and documentation may be required.

Please note:  Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to disqualification.  E-mailed documents will not be accepted in lieu of attaching your documents to the online profile.

Veteran Preference Notice
To take advantage of veteran preference, please do the following:

  • Email a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22 or USDVA signed verification of service letter to
  • Subject line should include recruitment number, position and Vet (Example: #10155 Biologist 1 – Veteran)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in

Military Spouse Preference Notice
To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following:

  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at
  • Subject line should include recruitment number, position and MS (Example:#10155 Biologist 1 – MS)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer.  We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity.  Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.  Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388.